Good news: Flickr fixed that weird problem we spotted yesterday. Their Creative Commons images Explore site, a gateway to the millions of photos published under a set of CC licenses, is now functioning correctly once more.
Check out those numbers, too!
Attribution License: 63,307,001 photos
Attribution-NoDerivs: 17,964,458 photos
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: 85,391,471 photos
Attribution-Noncommercial: 42,889,941 photos
That’s hundreds of millions of images posted against copyright, and for your use.
What can we learn from this?
First, the Flickr Creative Commons licensed image pool is a tremendous resource. Even if one 20-year-old developer didn’t know what Flickr is. Use and add to it, friends.
Second, it took a multi-pronged, social media-based campaign to get traction. Flickr doesn’t have a contact option, which is frustrating. But Flickr staff eventually responded via Twitter and Flickr fora. Note that the site bug had been at work for nearly a week before we noticed it. My takeaway: users should work social media to keep providers on the up and up, when we rely on these providers.
(thanks to Matt Jennings for updates)